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UFC 139 Salaries: Somehow, Cung Le Out-Earns Everybody

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The UFC paid out nearly $2 million in disclosed salaries and bonuses to the fighters who competed at UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson, according to figures released yesterday by the California State Athletic Commission.

Though we don’t know what kind of undisclosed “locker room bonuses” were thrown around after the fights, Cung Le was officially the biggest earner of the night, making over $400,000 for his second-round TKO loss to Wanderlei Silva. Seriously. On paper, that’s almost twice what Shogun took home. Then again, Le’s a local hero in San Jose (which made him particularly valuable for this event) with a movie career to attend to (which puts his time at a premium these days). For the record, Dana White isn’t sure if he’ll be back.

The full list of disclosed UFC 139 payouts is below…

Dan Henderson: $320,000 (includes $70,000 Fight of the Night bonus; no win bonus)
def. Mauricio Rua: $235,000 (includes $70,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Wanderlei Silva: $270,000 (includes $70,000 Fight of the Night bonus; no win bonus)
def. Cung Le: $420,000 (includes $70,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Urijah Faber: $134,000 (includes $32,000 win bonus, $70,000 Submission of the Night bonus)
def. Brian Bowles: $19,000

Martin Kampmann: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus)
def. Rick Story: $19,000

Stephan Bonnar: $68,000 (includes $34,000 win bonus)
def. Kyle Kingsbury: $10,000

Ryan Bader: $48,000 (includes $24,00 win bonus)
def. Jason Brilz: $13,000

Michael McDonald: $84,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus, $70,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
Alex Soto: $6,000

Chris Weidman: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Tom Lawlor: $12,000

Gleison Tibau: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Rafael Dos Anjos: $16,000

Miguel Torres: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
def. Nick Pace: $4,000

Seth Baczynski: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Matt Brown: $12,000

Danny Castillo: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Shamar Bailey: $8,000


— When Dan Henderson left the UFC in late 2009, he was making $100,000 to show and $150,000 to win. At his new home in Strikeforce, Henderson initially earned a $250,000 flat fee per fight, but for his final appearance against Fedor Emelianenko, that figure skyrocketed to $800,000. Now that he’s back under a Zuffa contract, his salary has fallen back to earth. But again, who knows what the UFC is paying him under the table. Hopefully it’s a lot, because my God does he deserve it.

— Meanwhile, Cung Le’s $350,000 flat rate in the UFC is a major upgrade for him, considering his salaries were actually decreasing in Strikeforce. Le made $200k for beating up Frank Shamrock in March 2008, $150k for his first fight against Scott Smith in 2009, and $100k for the rematch in 2010.

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McLuvin- November 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm
How the hell does Cung Le make so much more than Urijah? I hope Faber makes a PPV cut. He's been a Zuffa company man for years.
El Guapo- November 22, 2011 at 2:15 pm
Xeno... Wow. That's, ummmm, a question to which I... uhhhhh...
El Guapo- November 22, 2011 at 2:06 pm
^This is neither the time nor the place for factual evidence, Sir. Here in the CP comments section we rely bullshit opinion more than anything. Thank you for your time and good day.
overeems_needle- November 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm
@ J3t & everyone else that didn't get Danga's not funny remark:

Please refer to the following:
XENOPHON- November 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm
@El Guapo
Should be before or after I take a shit on his face?
J3t- November 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm
I visit here regularly as well, and didn't get the joke. Danga was dead serious and someone took his stupidity as a joke and he tried to use it as a way out. Not working tho. If you want I can give you my cousins phone number, he's starting pre algebra this 2nd semester in highschool
El Guapo- November 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm
Say that to his face, Xeno, and see what happens.
XENOPHON- November 22, 2011 at 12:17 pm
@El Guapo
MRUSS is a peach, his people skills are fine. Problem is Canada doesn't have many peaches trees - and the ones they have only live 10-20 years.
On the other hand, in Canada they care called Stone Fruits!
MRUSS = Fruit
BaghdadBob- November 22, 2011 at 12:08 pm
Le should dump that man he has his arm around and hook up with the slightly-hairy armed chick on his far left.
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Get Off Me- November 22, 2011 at 11:48 am
Bader only got 24 bucks for his win bonus...
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overeems_needle- November 22, 2011 at 10:35 am
Don't worry Danga... myself & the other loyal readers know how bad your math has been.
El Guapo- November 22, 2011 at 10:27 am
"But, but, I still don't get it."
El Guapo- November 22, 2011 at 10:25 am
Danga's math skills are like MRuss' people skills. That's the joke. Baddaboom, baddabing!
Clyde- November 22, 2011 at 9:52 am
I have seen one movie with Cung Le in it. It was Tekken. It was not very good. Just sayin'.
jfjjfjff- November 22, 2011 at 9:51 am
i regularly visit the site and still don't get the joke.
Morningwood- November 22, 2011 at 9:48 am
the way Danny Castillo talked I would have thought he was pulling in 421k.
DangadaDang- November 22, 2011 at 8:07 am
@Hummus was. But I could see you not understanding it if you don't regularly visit the site.
Hummus- November 22, 2011 at 8:04 am
@peacexxl: I'm not getting it either. Something tells me that wasn't meant to be a joke originally.
peacexxl- November 22, 2011 at 7:08 am
I guess BigWhiskey is maybe to smart to get the joke. I think the asshole term is "too clever by half".
Viva Hate- November 22, 2011 at 7:05 am
Caption "Cung Le and a slut, the meat in a creepy photo bomb sandwhich."
BigWhiskey- November 22, 2011 at 6:20 am
I think you meant almost 1/4 of the entire payout. The entire payout was almost 2 million. That's still insane though considering who he has fought in the past and comparing it to others on this card. They could really save themselves some money by giving a MUCH lower base and making the large payout dependent on win bonuses. While they already do something similar on most fighters, for someone like Le, with so few fights, the base should be much lower.